GREENVILLE, S.C. – Furman's Ryan Adams was named the Southern Conference Most Outstanding Track Performer by the league's coaches following last weekend's SoCon Indoor Track and Field Championships. Coaches were not allowed to vote for their own student-athletes or themselves.
A junior from Hudson, Ohio, Adams earned the honor for the second time in three years after posting a trio of podium finishes. He won his second career title in the 800m run, edging the runner-up by just 0.43 seconds. Adams finished second in the mile, again by a razor-thin margin (0.63 seconds), and ran the opening, 1,200m leg on the Paladins' second-place distance medley relay.
"Ryan's indoor campaign got off to a rough start due to the flu," said Furman head coach Robert Gary. "As athletes sometimes have to do, you have to recalibrate training and racing. Ryan really did a great job at this, getting healthy and fit enough to lead our program to its best conference finish since 1983. I believe it has set him up for another NCAA outdoor appearance and sub-3:40/1500m during the outdoor season."
Julie Paré, Furman Sports Information
Southern Conference Indoor Track and Field Awards
Male Most Outstanding Track Performer
Ryan Adams, Furman
Female Most Outstanding Track Performers
Karisa Nelson, Samford
McLeod Dean, Wofford
Male Most Outstanding Field Performer
Ben Johnson, ETSU
Female Most Outstanding Field Performer
Selena Popp, Samford
Male Freshman of the Year
Trini Feggett, Western Carolina
Female Freshman of the Year
Mekayla Brown, ETSU
Men's Coach of the Year
Jesse Norman, Western Carolina
Women's Coach of the Year
Rod Tiffin, Samford